The oxymoron “civil war” is a strange beast indeed. It neither describes what, by any imagination, is “civil” about it nor does it elucidate on the salient features of the nature or character and range of its being. All that “civil war” connotes is that it is an “internal war” – occurring within a seemingly sovereign state, which, in the Africa case, would be a reference to its “
(Herbie Nichols Trio, “It didn’t happen” [personnel: Nichols, piano; Al McKibbon, bass; Art Blakey, drums; recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Havensack, NJ, US, 13 May 1955])
IF MOST OF THE 15 million Africans already referred to died in “internal wars”, then “civil war” proponents’ primary quest to preserve the “Berlin-state” status quo ironically problematises the latter’s existence as this “Berlin-state”, in Africa, is a murder-machine… The salutary lesson from this is obvious: Rather than try to obfuscate or sanitise a human-made catastrophe, call it by its instantly, recognisable name!